UPDATE 3 p.m. Sept. 14, 2020: (WBOY) – Ruby Memorial Hospital officials say Clarksburg City Councilman Jim Malfregeot’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.
City of Clarksburg officials gave an update on Sunday night’s incident Monday afternoon.
According to Clarksburg Mayor Ryan Kennedy, Malfregeot’s wife was getting in her vehicle around 7 p.m. Sunday at their home on Main Street to take her mother home, when she was allegedly carjacked by Antonio DeJesus.
Malfregeot heard screams from his wife and mother-in-law and tried to stop DeJesus, the mayor said. During the struggle, Malfregeot was shot once in the abdomen, with a small-caliber handgun according to officials.
DeJesus then allegedly forced Ms. Malfregeot, with her mother in the passenger seat, to drive off. He forced them out of the vehicle near Crooked Run Road off of Route 19 north. According to city officials, DeJesus then drove north in the southbound lane of Interstate 79, before being caught at a gas station off of the Saltwell Road exit at 7:45 p.m.
Clarksburg Police Chief Mark Kiddy said the women suffered emotional stress and scrapes and bruises during the incident.
Police had gotten calls of a suspicious person in the area of Malfregeot’s home shortly before the incident and believe he was trying to avoid arrest, Kiddy said. The police chief says it was a random incident. Police did not say whether DeJesus was under the influence of any substances at the time.
DeJesus, 32 of Wilmington, Delaware was on federal supervised release from previous convictions. A warrant for his arrest was issued last Friday after he failed to report to federal probation officers, officials said.
In addition to a 2015 federal heroin sentence, DeJesus was arrested in July 2020 and was incarcerated for 32 days in Delaware, according to deputy U.S. Marshals. After his arrest Sunday night, Marshals placed a federal detainer on DeJesus, who is being held in the North Central Regional Jail.
DeJesus was not on local law enforcement’s radar prior to the shooting, Kiddy said.
Malfregeot underwent surgery Sunday night and may have to have another surgery, officials said.
UPDATE 10:15 a.m., Sept. 14, 2020: (AP) – Authorities say Clarksburg City Councilman Jim Malfregeot’s wife and mother-in-law were briefly taken hostage in an apparent carjacking at the time Malfregeot was shot Sunday night.
Clarksburg Police Chief Mark Kiddy said Malfregeot was on his porch and the women were in a car Sunday night when the suspect appeared.
He said Malfregeot was hospitalized after being shot and the women were released a short time later on U.S. 19 North between Clarksburg and Shinnston.
Kiddy identified the suspect as 32-year-old Antonio DeJesus, who was arrested without incident at a gas station.
CLARKSBURG, WV (WOWK) – One man is in police custody and charged with the shooting of Clarksburg City Councilman Jim Malfregeot Sunday, Sept. 13.
Clarksburg police say Antonio DeJesus allegedly walked across Route 20 from Hardees and shot the councilman outside his home before carjacking a vehicle and fleeing the scene.
Police were eventually able to arrest DeJesus and recover the vehicle at a gas station off I-79.
Clarksburg Police Chief Mark Kiddy says DeJesus was already wanted out of Delaware. DeJesus is charged with malicious assault and robbery.
“We’re understanding that he is wanted by the U.S. Marshals out of the state of Delaware. That’s the information we received. He is not from this area,” Kiddy said.
Malfregeot has been taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Family members said his condition was stable but critical around midnight.